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American Conservative Union Foundation grades Murkowski-49%, Sullivan-79%, Young-54%

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (known as CPAC), released the 51st edition of its annual Ratings of Congress.

The scorecard, considered the “gold standard” for evaluating political ideology, includes an exhaustive compilation of over 20,000 votes cast last session by all 535 members of Congress across the full spectrum of policy issues. 

In the scorecard, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan rates 79%, improving 5 points from 2020’s scorecard, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a 49% conservative, a drop of 3 points from the 2020 scorecard. The late Congressman Don Young was rated 54% in 2021, an increase of 2 points from 2021.

Sen. Dan Sullivan has been rated for seven years by the organization and has maintained a score in the 79% range. He was judged on 38 votes he took in 2021.

Sen. Dan Sullivan has been fairly consistent in his conservative leanings over the years.

Sen. Dan Sullivan’s strongest issues:

  • Human Dignity
  • Government Integrity and Transparency
  • Regulations

Sen. Dan Sullivan’s weakest issues:

  • Taxes, Budget and Spending

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, now running for reelection, has been rated by the organization for 19 years. She was judged on the 38 votes she took in 2021. Her lifetime rating by the organization is 55.82%, but she has been steadily dropping over the years and is now trending blue.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been steadily voting more blue in the two decades she has been in the Senate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s strongest issue:

  • Second Amendment

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s weakest issues:

  • Government Integrity and Transparency
  • Regulations
  • Labor
  • Taxes, Budget and Spending
  • Human Dignity

The late Congressman Don Young, who died March 18, had been part of the scorecard for 49 years, and was judged on the 34 votes he took in 2021. His “lifetime rating” was 72.19% but he had dropped markedly in recent years on the conservative scorecard, with his votes in the blue-purple range.

Congressman Don Young was a steady conservative in the pipeline years, but started voting “bluer” in 2010.

Congressman Don Young’s strongest issues were:

  • National Security
  • Human Dignity
  • Personal Liberty
  • 2nd Amendment
  • Property Rights

Congressman Don Young’s weakest issues were:

  • Government Integrity and Transparency
  • Law and Judiciary
  • Welfare and Poverty
  • Taxes, Budget and Spending
  • Labor

Award for Conservative Excellence
74 Lawmakers earned the Award for Conservative Excellence
Conservative Ratings of 90% or above

Rep. Jim Jordan (100%)
Sen. Rand Paul (100%)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (100%)*
Rep. Lauren Boebert (100%)*
Rep. Byron Donalds (100%)*
Sen. Mike Lee (97%)
Rep. Jim Banks (97%)
Sen. Ted Cruz (95%)

Rep. Ronny Jackson (95%)
Rep. Ken Buck (95%)
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (94%)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (92%)
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (92%)
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (92%)
Sen. Rick Scott (90%)

Nine freshmen earned 100% ratings, tying the 2007 Congress as the largest number of freshmen earning perfect scores since the 1994 Gingrich revolution. 

View Other “Excellence” Awardees Here.

Award for Conservative Achievement 
63 Lawmakers earned the Award for Conservative Achievement
Conservative Ratings of 80% or above:

Sen. Ron Johnson (89%)
Sen. Pat Toomey (86%)
Rep. Kevin Brady (86%)
Sen. Josh Hawley (85%)
Rep. Tom Rice (85%)

Whip. Steve Scalise (82%)
Sen. Tom Cotton (82%)
Sen. Tim Scott (82%)
Sen. Joni Ernst (82%)
View “Achievement” Awardees Here.

Conservative Ratings of 70% – 79%:

Sen. John Kennedy (79%)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (77%)
Sen. Marco Rubio (77%)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (77%)

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (76%)
Leader Kevin McCarthy (74%)
Sen. Ben Sasse (73%)
Rep. Liz Cheney (71%)

Conservative Ratings of 50% – 69%:

Sen. Bill Cassidy (67%)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (66%)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (64%)
Leader Mitch McConnell (64%)

Sen. Rob Portman (59%)
Sen. Mitt Romney (56%)
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (56%)
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (51%)

Conservative Ratings of 20% – 49%:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (49%)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (42%)
Sen. Susan Collins (41%)

Rep. Fred Upton (38%)
Sen. Joe Manchin (32%)
Sen. Jon Tester (21%)

Conservative Ratings of 10% – 19%:

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (16%)
Sen. Mark Kelly (13%)
Rep. Jason Crow (11%)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (10%)

Rep. Pete Aguilar (10%)
Leader. Steny Hoyer (10%)
Rep. Val Demings (10%)
Rep. Sharice Davids (10%)

Conservative Ratings of 5% – 9%:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (8%)
Sen. Raphael Warnock (8%)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (8%)
Whip. Jim Clyburn (8%)
Rep. Mike Thompson (8%)

Sen. Jon Ossoff (5%)
Sen. Michael Bennet (5%)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (5%)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (5%)
Rep. Connor Lamb (5%)

The Coalition of the Radical Left
92 Lawmakers placed in the Coalition of the Radical Left
Conservative Ratings of 0% – 4%:

Leader Chuck Schumer (3%)
Rep. Karen Bass (3%)
Sen. Cory Booker (3%)
Rep. Katie Porter (3%)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (3%)
Rep. Adam Schiff (3%)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (3%)
Rep. Ted Lieu (3%)

Rep. Maxine Waters (0%)
Rep. Mark Pocan (0%)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (0%)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (0%)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (0%)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (0%)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (0%)
View the other “Radical Left” Here

The ratings have been incorporated into CPAC’s new Lawmaker Comparison Tool, which runs head-to-head comparisons on lawmakers’ strongest and weakest policy areas. The system has been deployed to help direct support to the most conservative candidates in the upcoming primary and general elections.

To produce this year’s scorecard, the ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability analyzed every vote taken last session, and selected a wide-array of issues relating to fiscal, tax, regulatory, education, defense, environment, Second Amendment rights, election security, life, and government integrity. All U.S. lawmakers at the federal and state levels are scored on a 100-point scale.

ACUF is the first and only organization in America to annually publish individual ratings for all 8,000 federal and state lawmakers in America. ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability is also home to the nation’s most comprehensive conservative policy database containing over 17,500 detailed bill analyses which span 50 years of Congress and all 50 state legislatures.  

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Interesting poll. However, like all polls that try to pidgeon-hole lawmakers, this one fails to account for the fact that liberals/communists control both houses of congress and the white house – there is a level of pragmatism that requires give-and-take with the other side to get things done for our constituency. Don Young was a master of the pragmatic. Of course there is more to it than who can bring home the bacon… But I would not rate Dan Sullivan even that low, nor would I rate Don Young lower than Lisa. Don Young was always in the top 10% of “effective lawmakers” – he got it done. ACUF should look at how effective their darlings in their 90%+ rating are.

    • I guess compromising our civil liberties away and running our country into 30+ trillion in debt must be “effective” governance to you? The best government is stalemate government. The fed needs to focus on following constitutional principals and get the tell out of our daily lives and wallets. Effective? Yeah right.

  2. I knew Don Young and Lisa Murkowski’s numbers were below room temperature, but I thought Danny Sullivan’s IQ might be a bit higher than 79.

  3. No surprises from Murkowski and Young. It’s who they are. Sullivan is disappointing because he has not realized that voting to spend trillions on a phony ‘infrastructure’ bill was really democrat paybacks to their cronies. Worse, it poured gasoline on the dumpster called the American economy. National debt be damned, full speed ahead on inflation! Sullivan has gone on a lot of ‘watch lists’ by former supporters. Get it together, Dan! A 79 is not impressive.

  4. And the lower the rating the higher the human suffering as a result of those votes.
    Imagine how great it would be if all legislators had at least an 80% average.

  5. Dan Sullivan’s greatest accomplishment is his vote for Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, he is going to be just like Lisa Murkowski, backing the democrat party. We don’t have anyone in Washington DC representing the Alaskan people.

  6. I really have to wonder what all three of them were thinking with their support of Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior. They all knew that Ms. Haaland is a wacko leftist and that she will work hard to supportand enforce the Biden “Close Alaska” agenda.

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